Alan Zweig’s Vinyl documentary – a record collector’s expose

A few weeks ago, I watched the Netflix documentary Jack of All Trades, which purported to discuss the trading card industry and instead morphed into a saga over a son’s relationship with his sportscard-trading father.  It was a little of each and not enough of both. And it reminded me of a documentary that, as…

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Thank you Greg Haymes. And thank you Sarge Blotto.

These are my memories of Greg Haymes.  You might know him as Sarge Blotto.  I want to share my memories with you today. It’s 1980 and I’m living in a very toxic home life.  One of my few escapes was listening to the local top 40 radio stations.  And for some unexplained reason … the…

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Don’t save me, I’d rather drown.

I like the Albany-based rock band Blotto.  Always have, especially back in the 1970’s when radio stations like WFLY and WTRY and 3WD actually PLAYED their songs as part of their regular rotation of Top 40 hits.  And that doesn’t happen these days. Of course, if you know anything about Blotto, you know that their…

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A sonic and historic achievement for Solid Rock

Background.  In the winter of 1982-83, I received a cassette tape filled with Australian rock and pop songs, songs by artist I had never heard before – groups like InXs and Midnight Oil and Rose Tattoo and Dragon.  Yeah, got hooked on that stuff pretty quickly. One track on that home-recorded cassette tape, however, stood…

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How to stand out if you’re a bass player in a band full of women

I’ve often joked that there were times in my life where I felt about as out-of-place as a second trombone in a string quartet.  But that being said … This musical clip will make you smile.  Trust me. I received this clip from a friend of mine, Paul Rapp (local music lovers might know him…

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My prior life as a vinyl record collector

Ah, record collecting.  It was my passion, it was my drive … and it was my addiction. For many years, I wrote articles and books on collectible records and collectible musicians, and I still treasure those years working for Goldmine magazine and for several other publications. Recently, I was contacted by one of those publications,…

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Whitney Avalon sings again!

Actress Whitney Avalon has done whatever it takes to break through in the entertainment industry.  She’s appeared in several TV shows and commercials (she’s the mother in the blended family Cheerios commercials), she’s produced a series of wildly popular “Princess Rap Battle” videos (the one between Snow White and Elsa from Frozen has maybe 70…

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It’s a new Dragon single? really? REALLY??

It is said that you do not amass a record collection, you actually accept recommendations for one.  Whatever you listen to on the radio, whatever you hear in onccert, whatever your friends suggest you give an ear to … that becomes your record collection. In 1983, I got hooked on a rock band from New…

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The Return of Ruth Wallis … in a new podcast

It was approximately twenty years ago when I, as a freelance writer for the music magazine Goldmine, interviewed 1950’s chanteuse Ruth Wallis.  Wallis had several major recordings, and was a mainstay at supper clubs, Vegas ballrooms and Australian concert halls for decades.  Her catalog was a mixture of double-entendre songs and bawdy big band tracks.…

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